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Adapted Physical Education

Physical education for everyone

The adapted physical education emphasis teaches you how to tailor a physical education curriculum so that it is as appropriate for a person with a disability as it is for the person without a disability. This includes planning services, assessing individuals, recommending programs, participating in meetings, teaching, coaching, evaluating services, coordinating resources, consulting, collaborating, and advocating. You'll make a positive impact in the lives of students with disabilities and meet their physical, motor, personal, social and learning needs.


You can earn a certification in Adapted Physical Education, which is recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The Adapted Physical Education Certification program is designed for students interested in teaching physical education to students with disabilities in both specially designed and inclusive settings. It is offered to Physical Education majors only. A teaching major in Physical Education can obtain an Adapted Physical Education Certification with up to 6 additional credits.

Adapted physical education minor

24 credits

Demand for Adapted Physical Educators continues to be steady. Most adapted physical educators are employed in K-12 school systems but some are working in early childhood education centers, assisted living residences, community parks and recreation programs, and outdoor recreation programs. Students who choose the adapted physical education certificate program have greater marketability because of the trend in education to provide more inclusion of students with disabilities in general physical education.

Change your minor

To change your minor to adapted physical education, please contact the department of kinesiology using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Academic Programs

M = major, m = minor

  • Athletic Training (M)
  • Kinesiology - Athletic Training (M)
  • Exercise Science (M)
  • Kinesiology - Exercise Science (M)
  • Kinesiology (M, m)
  • Adaptive Physical Education (m)
  • Kinesiology (m)
  • Kinesiology - Athletic Training (M)
  • Kinesiology - Exercise Science (M)
  • Kinesiology - Physical Education Teaching (M)
  • Kinesiology - Rehabilitation Science (M)
  • Kinesiology - Sport Pedagogy (M)
  • Science of Coaching (m)
  • Rehabilitation Science (M)
  • Kinesiology - Rehabilitation Science (M)
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